Whereas the Congress of the United States, in its Act of February 20, 1929, provided that until the Congress shall provide for the Government of the islands of American Samoa, all civil, judicial, and military powers shall be vested in such person or persons and exercised in such manner as the President of the United States shall direct; and Whereas by Executive Order No.
Embassy in Samoa is carried out by a resident Charge d’Affaires.
Two Fellows per year serve ten-month stints as public policy capacity-building assistants to various Samoan government ministries.
The United States also provides significant additional assistance to Samoa, including an annual foreign assistance allocation to provide capacity building and training for the Samoan Maritime Police and frequent invitations for training and mentoring sessions for Samoan government, NGO, media, and private sector individuals. Embassy also provides grants to civil society and private sector organizations to address issues of economic development, women’s empowerment, health, climate change, and education. Samoa's Membership in International Organizations Samoa is an active member of regional and international organizations and with the United States is a member of the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and as of May 2012 the World Trade Organization.
More information about Samoa is available on the Samoa Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet. S.-SAMOA RELATIONS The United States established diplomatic relations with the Independent State of Samoa (then called Western Samoa) in 1971 following its independence from a New Zealand-administered trusteeship. Samoa has also benefited from the newly established Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship Program.
consular relations in the Samoan islands date back to 1856 when the first U. In June of 2012 the United States and Samoa signed a Mutual Law Enforcement Agreement which allows Samoan maritime officials to utilize U. Coast Guard and Navy vessels to provide maritime policing in Samoan waters. Successful candidates at the national level then compete for limited slots with applicants from the Pacific region.
Through its Embassy, the United States also engages with the Samoan Government on bilateral and multilateral issues including regional security and international law enforcement. Assistance to Samoa For over 40 years, a dynamic and active Peace Corps mission has formed the foundation of U. Today in the Samoan language the word “Pisi Koa” (Peace Corps) is now used as the general word for volunteer. The Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship is open annually to Samoan citizens residing in Samoa pursuing a master’s degree.
Due to cultural and historical links, Samoans share a special affinity for their “brothers and sisters” in the U. territory of American Samoa and frequent cultural and other exchanges, as well as close family and personal ties, have underpinned the relationship between the Two Samoas and the U. In regional and international forums the United States and Samoa work together to protect the environment and fisheries, promote sustainable economic development in the Pacific region, and strengthen the tenets of democracy and human rights. With their focus on people-to-people engagement and practical solutions to developmental challenges, U. Peace Corps volunteers have provided significant assistance to Samoa’s educational and economic development and have earned the respect of many throughout Samoa.
USAID has several projects in Samoa focusing on climate change, food security, and disaster preparedness. In October of 2013 the United States finished the construction of a hospital opposite the international airport to aid development in the health sector. goods and services, and protecting the interests of U. Samoa is also very active in the Pacific Islands Forum and is a founding member of the Polynesian Leaders Group. Ambassador to Samoa is resident in New Zealand; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List. Relations With Samoa Human Rights Reports International Religious Freedom Reports U.
Bilateral Economic Relations Including American Samoa, the United States is one of Samoa’s largest export markets, accounting for over 25% of Samoan exports. In September 2014, Samoa hosted the UN’s 3 Small Islands Developing States Conference. Samoa has no embassy in Washington, DC, but has a permanent representative to the United Nations in New York, who also is accredited as ambassador to the United States.